Installing Villain ROM on my HTC Hero

I, like many others, am tired of waiting for HTC to update the software on my phone.  The new Android apps I read about in the news are starting to require Android 2.1 or higher and I’m stuck on version 1.5.  At least, I was stuck.  I tried out a few ROMs and can recommend the VillainSlide ROM on the HTC Hero.  It has the most responsive interface and apart from a slightly annoying application listing screen and home screen icons is visually very appealing too.  Here’s the steps I took to install the ROM.  It will hopefully save you a few searches.

There is a great guide for installing a custom ROM on the XDA Developer’s forum.  I didn’t need the GoldCard method so my install was fairly straightforward.  Follow steps PRE and 1-3 and you’re running a new version!

Here’s the SlideVillainROM so you don’t have to find that either.

The first boot after an install  takes forever and a day and the SMS recovery isn’t the fastest in the world either.  You’ll need to re-download apps from the marketplace too but all your contact data is safe in the Google cloud.


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6 thoughts on “Installing Villain ROM on my HTC Hero”

  1. Also, I highly recommend not running through the email and social network setup after your first boot until you’ve signed on to a wifi network. Sync is much faster that way.

  2. I don’t know what the winmo bubble remover does or is. Aaaah – does that get rid of the silly bubbles around all the icons? If so I need to install it!!

    There’s no need to keep a list of your installed apps that you’ve paid for. The marketplace remembers those but doesn’t keep track of your free ones for you.

  3. If you live in the UK and use T-Mobile, your settings might be wrong. Follow these instructions from T-Mobile to check:

    Press the Menu key
    Tap on Settings
    Tap on Wireless & Networks to select.
    Scroll down and tap on Mobile networks
    Tap on Access Point Names to select.
    Press the Menu key
    Tap on New APN
    Tap Name then enter T-Mobile MMS select OK
    Tap APN then enter general.t-mobile.uk select OK
    Tap Username then enter t-mobile select OK
    Tap Password then enter tm select OK
    Tap MMSC then enter http://mmsc.t-mobile.co.uk:8002 select OK
    Tap MMS proxy then enter 149.254.201.135 select OK
    Tap MMS port then enter 8080 select OK
    Tap APN type then enter mms select OK
    Press the Menu key
    Tap Save
    Press the Home key
    Your phone is now ready for use

  4. You should also check that your T-Mobile Internet APN settings are correct.

    Press the Menu key
    Tap on Settings
    Tap on Wireless & Networks to select.
    Scroll down and tap on Mobile networks
    Tap on Access Point Names to select.
    Press the Menu key
    Tap on New APN
    Tap Name then enter T-Mobile Internet select OK
    Tap APN then enter general.t-mobile.uk select OK
    Tap Username then enter t-mobile select OK
    Tap Password then enter tm select OK
    Tap APN type then enter default select OK
    Press the Menu key
    Tap Save
    Press the Home Key
    Your phone is now ready for use

  5. OH yes. And send a picture message to yourself so that your operator figures out that you can send and receive picture messages.

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